I am going to admit straight up that this is a catch up post!! I have been madly busy and I manage to post the odd item to Instagram but I have not blogged for ages.
So, just wanted to fill you in on a few of the progressions of the Brighton Historical Society Collection. The BHS has had a friendly relationship with the National Trust for some time, and has previously loaned collection items for exhibit. Earlier this year I was pleased to facilitate a loan of five items for the fabulous Super 70s Exhibition. The very talented (and lovely) Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna and her team of talented internal and external collaborators put on a fabulous romp down nostalgia lane.
Room interpretations included:
Planet 70s – Cultural inspiration taken from outer space and new technologies, hits the disco dance floor.
Electrostatic – celebrating the SNAP, CRACKLE and POP! of synthetic fibres, their drape, versatility.
Time Travel – fashion nostalgia at its best, many eras provided inspiration including Edwardian romanticism, 1940’s sex appeal, floaty styles of the 20s and 30s reinterpreted with modern synthetics, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Nouveau. Heady times.
Bohemian Rhapsody – fantasy and romanticism as epitomised by the iconic store and label The House of Merivale and Mr John. Rock star chic and the male peacock!
Jean Jeanie – the rise of feminism, sexuality rights, self expression and the challenging of gender conventions.
Utopia & other places – all things spiritual, natural and authentic. The emergence of ‘flower power’ and ‘children of the earth’. Cultural appropriation reflective of an expansive awareness and respect for the environment and human connectivity.
Polite Company – fashion becomes more dressed down, and a heck of a lot sexier.
Great work to the team at The National Trust (Victoria).
We look forward to further opportunities to collaborate!